Estate Planning Lawyer Chandler, AZ
Your divorce has been finalized. Now what? In general, you will likely be spending most of your time acclimating to your newly single life. But it is important not to set aside the legal challenges associated with your current situation quite yet. It can be tempting to think that once your divorce has been finalized, your legal challenges related to your marital status are complete. However, there are numerous tasks one must undertake in the wake of a divorce in order to make sure all legal obligations and ties have been properly addressed. Once you work with an experienced Chandler, Arizona estate planning lawyer to complete these tasks, you will be able to breathe easier and gain considerable peace of mind due to the fact that the legal side of your divorce process is finally complete.
Legal Steps to Take Post-Divorce
One of the most important post-divorce steps you can take is ensuring that your financial accounts are no longer shared in any way with your former spouse. Similarly, your insurance policies need to be updated and any other intangible financial assets (like retirement accounts) need to be legally separated as well. If you have questions about how to go about checking the status of all your accounts, please ask your Chandler, AZ estate planning lawyer.
Have you updated your estate plan yet? Unless you want your former spouse to inherit your property, it is time to work with your attorney to update your estate plan and your beneficiary designations on all other relevant accounts. Similarly, if you have yet to change your account names and/or passwords on all of your digital accounts, do so now. Even if your former spouse has no history of snooping in your digital accounts, safeguarding these assets in this way is a good idea. Thankfully, an experienced Chandler, AZ estate planning lawyer can help you accomplish this goal.
If you have minor children, make sure to let their school, school district, physician and activity directors know that you and their other parent now have different contact information. Let them know that you would BOTH like to be informed about your child and should both be placed on all mailing lists, contact pages, etc. It is easy for one parent to be left “out of the loop” unless each relevant person/organization is contacted separately. Please also let relevant parties know if your child custody arrangement has any special terms that they should know about.
Legal Guidance Is Available
If you have questions about legal steps you should be taking in the wake of a finalized divorce, please do not hesitate to connect with an experienced Chandler, AZ estate planning lawyer today. Your divorce may be over, but that does not mean that all of your legal and financial ties have been severed in important ways. Having an experienced attorney “double-check” to make sure everything is in order can save you considerable time, money and stress down the road. Please consider calling the legal team at Citadel Law Firm PLLC today, as we would be happy to help you through this process. We look forward to speaking with you.